Kent County Is Working On Turning 90% of Its Trash Into Bioenergy
Wouldn't it be great if most of our trash could avoid landfills and be turned into energy? That is exactly what Kent County, Michigan, is working toward.
What is Bioenergy?
Bioenergy is one way to keep our planet cleaner and help meet today's needs when it comes to energy. This is one of the best steps a state or county can make for all in its community.
It is very exciting to know that instead of loading up the local landfills, energy can be created from biomass and produce transportation fuels, heat, electricity, and products.
What this means is, 90% of what you see in the picture doesn't have to be there and will be turned into energy for those living in Kent County.
Benefits of Bioenergy
There are a lot of benefits to a bioenergy plant coming to Kent County:
- Less garbage in the landfills,
- Less dependence on foreign oil.
- Creating local jobs.
- Revitalize the rural economy.
- Create a better world for future generations.
- Help communities save money while helping communities bring in additional income.
- Help do our part to save the planet.
Kent County to Build New Bioenergy Facility
According to WOOD, the Kent County Department of Public Works will receive a $5 million grant toward building a new bioenergy facility. The entire project will cost nearly $400 million but over time this will be money well spent making the county and this part of the state a whole lot better place to be for all.
The bioenergy facility is still waiting on approval from the Kent County Board of Commissioners and if the project gets their stamp of approval it should be active by the first half of 2027.